Saturday, March 29, 2008
- What are the vital ingredients that make a work of fiction “Catholic”?
- How do these ingredients influence the way Catholic writers tell their stories?
- Can works of Catholic fiction guide, encourage, and challenge us in living the Catholic faith today?
So please mark your calendars and join us! Whether you prefer mystery or dogma, adventure or history—this lecture will provide you with new insights into the works of some of the great Catholic writers.
[Catholic doctrine and practice]
is vital to me.”
Thursday, March 27, 2008
According to the notebooks of St. Faustina, Jesus made the following statements about this day of special devotion:
"On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity." (Diary of Saint Faustina, 699)We have a number of Divine Mercy resources available here at Pauline Books & Media. The following are just a few suggestions:
Mercy Minutes: Daily Gems to Transform Your Prayer Life
paperback, 450 pages, $12.95
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy Sung by Still Waters and Friends, CD, $14.00
Generations Unite in Prayer: The Divine Mercy Chaplet in Song, DVD, $20.00
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Happy Easter Monday!
Here's a picture of our convent chapel. This picture was taken yesterday--Easter--and the weather outdoors (which you can glimpse through the window on the right) was simply glorious! Perfect for the Feast of Jesus' Resurrection.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Here is our schedule for the rest of the Triduum and into next week:
Good Friday, March 21: Closed
Holy Saturday, March 22: Open 10:00 to 4:00
Easter Sunday & Monday, March 24: Closed
Easter Tuesday, March 25: Normal hours resume, 10:00 to 6:00
Blessed Easter to all!
Monday, March 17, 2008
"The Christian story is that Jesus chose to leave heaven and share our lives on earth, and at every stage of that sharing, he gave up some part of what could be seen as the real nature of divinity. He gave up rule and authority and security and dispassion, and chose to extinguish himself so as to identify completely with us.
"Most of us will, out of love, give away something of ourselves and take risks for the people we love. But because what Jesus gives up on the cross is the life of God, that whole huge creative, dynamic power that brings the world into being, as he gives it up, he releases it. It is no longer bound up in him. It is available to be shared. And this is what Easter celebrates."
Friday, March 14, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
- The King of Love My Shepherd Is
- Come, Holy Ghost
- Ave Maria (There is a Heart)
- Magnificat (Chepponis)
- Pan de Vida
- Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
- Holy, Holy, Holy
- Ave Maria (Arcadelt)
- I Am the Bread of Life
- Amazing Grace
- O Sanctissima
- Table of Plenty
- Gift of Finest Wheat
- O God of Loveliness
Monday, March 10, 2008
This special joint presentation will be offered by Father James Graham, a Melkite priest and pastor of St. Elias the Prophet Greek Catholic Mission, and Dr. Ruth Ohm, Professor of New Testament at St. Patrick's Seminary.
For more information, please call 650-369-4230.
This coming weekend, from the 14th to the 16th, we will be exhibiting at the annual Divine Mercy Congress held in the Oakland Convention Center. For registration and schedule information, go to http://divinemercywestcoast.org/.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Masterfully weaves best-loved legends surrounding the Lord's death and resurrection into a story children will never forget. Soft, lovely illustrations.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Regularly priced: $14.95
By well-known author Antoinette Bosco, this book reflects on how the season of Lent mirrors certain "seasons" in our own lives. Specifically, it deals with the question of personal darkness and how Lent is the promise that love will always conquer despair.
(Explores the themes of two powerful films--The Shawshank Redemption and Babette's Feast--and how these relate to the human ability to make life-affirming choices.)
On sale now: $7.95
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
A contemporary married saint! Gianna Beretta Molla (a wife, mother, and physician who died in 1962 and was canonized in 2003) was over 30 years old when she met Pietro, her future husband; their friendship quickly moved from acquaintance to passionate commitment. This book details her correspondence with Pietro and illustrates her life as that of an ordinary woman dedicated to love: of God and her faith, of her husband and children, and of the patients entrusted to her care.
There are other books going on sale in these days (warehouse clearances on certain children's and adult titles); we will be posting more information on them shortly.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
And still God appeals to us: "For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings."
Lent is a wonderful time to encounter the Lord's love and mercy anew through the sacrament of Reconciliation. Last year we published a marvelous booklet on "reconciliation and the beauty of God," called Why Go to Confession? This little gem of a book (it's only 72 pages!) addresses some of the difficult questions contemporary persons have regarding confessing to a priest, the existence of sin and evil in our world today, and how the experience of God's forgiveness can free us for love. There is also a beautiful lectio divina on the parable of the Prodigal Son, Scripture texts that help us better enter into a personal examination of conscience, and questions for reflection based on the 10 commandments. The following is taken from the introduction:
Let's try to understand, together, what confession is. If you truly understand it--in your mind as well as your heart--you will feel the need for this encounter and experience its joy. It is an encounter in which God, in giving you his forgiveness through the ministry of the Church, creates a new heart and places a new spirit within you, so that you may live in reconciliation with God, with yourself, and with others, becoming capable of offering forgiveness and love yourself, leaving behind any temptation to distrust or any sense of weariness.